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Sep15

Smartick at Mass Innovation Nights at Autodesk

When you move to the U.S. and launch your new product in a city like Boston, you get access to a wonderfully involved, supportive startup community. One part of this community is a new product showcase called Mass Innovation Nights (MIN). MIN is a monthly product launch party and networking event designed to connect startups […]

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Sep14

5 Ways to Reinforce Positive Behaviors in Your Child

Parents loom large in the development of their children’s personalities. As the Pixar film Inside Out shows it, parents form the biggest “islands” (personality aspects) for their children. As the principle socialization agents for their children, parents have a large array of resources at their disposal to mold their children’s behavior. “Have you eaten […]

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Sep13

Learn and Practice Vertical Adding

In today’s post, we are going to review vertical adding. As always, we are going to review with examples that help us understand what it consists of and how it’s done. But before starting, let’s review the math cubes that we’re going to use in order to add. How do we represent a number with […]

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Sep12

Tricks to Solve Combined Operations

In today’s post we will learn some tricks to solve combined operations in a simpler way. Example 1 Look at these two operations: Have you finished it yet? Have you noticed that the two results are the same? Which of the two was easier to multiply? Converting an operation to an equivalent one can help […]

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Sep09

Division Problems: Different Models and Examples

Today we are going to look at division problems: How do we recognize them? What different models are there? What do we do to solve them? 1. Division Problems: Repetition This is the first type of division problem you are going to learn to do. For example: In my living room, there are 120 books in […]

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Sep07

Using Frustration and Failure as Educational Tools

Several scientifically-based studies, by Walter Mischel, Martin Seligman, Angela Duckworth, and others, confirm that cognitive ability (measured, for example, by IQ) is not a reliable indicator of success and achievement. How do we define success and achievement? We look at academic indicators (like grades and test scores) or social factors (a career, stable family life, […]

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Sep06

Learn the Origins of the Months in a Year

In today’s post, we will look at the origins of the months in a year. Throughout history, the act of telling time has been a necessity for human beings. Wanting to have more control over time, mankind took the approach of a chronological division of semantic time. We presume that an astronomical year lasts 365 days, […]

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Sep05

How to Identify Open and Closed Polygons

In today’s post we will take a look at open and closed polygons. But first, we need to know what polygons are: polygons are several straight segments placed together. Polygons can be classified as open or closed. A polygon is open when the segments do not all connect at the beginning and end. That is, if […]

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Sep02

Divisibility Guidelines for 7 and 13

In this post, we are going to learn the divisibility guidelines for numbers 7 and 13. Divisibility Guidelines for 7 In order to know if a number is divisible by 7, we take the number without the units digit and subtract two times the units digit from this number. Then use the resulting number and […]

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Aug31

Tables with Pictograms to Help Interpret Data

Tables are perfect for organizing all kinds of information and for looking at results with more clarity. Using pictures makes it easier to comprehend tables faster and this is why pictograms help us interpret data more easily. At Smartick, we start children with pictograms at a young age so that they can learn how to […]

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